Blog the vote

Blog the vote: Well, as I’m always trying to be a trendsetter by exuding marginality, I decided that I’d do something not everyone gets to do today: Vote in the 2004 presidential election. In Tennessee, today is the start of “early voting.” (If you live in Nashville, here are lists of the times and places you can vote early through Thursday, October 28 (including two Saturdays).

Voting early is just like casting a vote on election day. Indeed, in my case, I voted early at my regular polling location. In Davidson County (Nashville), a registered voter can go to any of the seven early voting sites, no matter where they are required to vote on Election Day. Each site is tied into a central data base containing the voter registration files so, sorry, you can vote early but not often.

The site where I voted, Belle Meade City Hall, had brisk traffic around 8:30 a.m. when I cast my vote (I took the photo above with my cell phone). There were several people in line and the poll workers indicated the turn-out had been like that since opening. Unlike on a regular election day, there were no campaign representatives standing beyond the “1000-foot” limit handing out material. So, while it seemed like a regular election process, there was little of the festive nature an election day typically has where I vote.


As I have never been on the fence in this election, I don’t mind showing what my vote looks like on a Nashville voting machine. Apparently, I’m a fan of grid-lock as I voted for the Republican candidate for President and the Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative. Neither vote should surprise anyone. While I disagree with the President on a few specific issues related to certain civil liberties and the role of government in ones personal life, those disagreements pale in comparison to my support for his prosecution of the war on terror. Perhaps it’s my interest in reading historic non-fiction that helps me accept that chaos is always part of the aftermath of war. (I know it took several decades for the bloodshed to stop in the aftermaths of both the American Revolutionary and Civil wars.) I think invading Iraq was not only the correct thing to do, I think we waited too long to do so rather than not long enough.

As for my vote for U.S. Representative, I get the opportunity to discuss privately with him on a regular basis any differences we may have — and we have a few. He knows where I stand. I know where he stands. But friendship and trust trumps all else in my support of Jim Cooper.

I highly recommend this early voting thing. I think it’s the trendy thing to do.

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  • lewis pennock

    it being just as close to my house as my regular designated spot, i cast my vote at Belle Meade City Hall this afternoon and the line was surprisingly long. everyone in line said they had been voting early here for years and had never seen as many people before. sorry, i didn’t take any pictures.

  • rex

    (two days later) I heard that first day early voting was big all over Tennessee: something like 78,000 votes this year vs. 40-something thousand four years ago. Probably an indication that the concept of early voting is now more accepted and understood…and that people just want this election to be over. (my case) Also, I do believe that voters (even in solidly red or blue states) feel their vote counts more than they used to because of the controversy and thin margin results of the 2000 election.

  • Hudge

    Up here in the sticks early voting remains strong – I’m tempted to say that I’ve had to wait in a long line every time I’ve voted so far but this isn’t Fla. so that wouldn’t be true. My wife tried to vote on a lunch break but the line was too long – a week after it started. Of course I guess like you Rex we fall into that category of older citizens who take the franchise very seriously.